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Sunraysia Day 1 ... James, Meginley, Lovett
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Saturday, 21 April 2018
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Tanner James, in the debut run of his recently landed American built single seat Alumi Craft Aussie Spec #1093 has taken outright honours at the Mildura Rural City Council ARB Sunraysia 400, the second round of the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship.

Tanner started out of third position this morning, capitalising on the early retirement of Steven and Daryl Graham #1001, who stated in second place behind Dean Meginley and Dean Demarco #1087 in pole position.

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With the spark plug tips melting in the Graham’s Honda F20C power plant of the #1001 Tatum, and more extensive internal damage expected, Tanner made the most of the clean race air to pull in Meginley and Demarco; finishing the 400km second on the road but first on outright time - 01m073s ahead of Meginley, although dust on lap two from a lapped car added 4mintues to the young guns lap time.

Taking third place on the Mildura Rural City Council ARB Sunraysia 400 Saturday podium was the Can-Am Maverick #697 of Phil Lovett and Paul Gunther, clocking in consistent lap times but finishing 8m08seconds shy of the leader.

26 teams greeted the start lights this morning with 21 teams primed and ready to hit the track for tomorrows 6 laps.

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Keera Station has seen little rain in the lead up to the event however the race format and start intervals have helped somewhat with the conditions.

Another early retirement was the #858 Nissan Patrol of Kerry Turley and Quentin Cattlemole, out with gearbox failure in the first sector. Owen Ward and Daniel Harris #801 were another on the trailer early. #696 Brett Harris and James Saunders, in the introduction of off road racing had electrical issues in the Can-Am while fellow Can-Am campaigners Adam Bierl and Nyree Burmingham #666 retired in the third lap with driveline issues.

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Darran Vanderwoude and Daniel Ziembinski succumbed to diff failure during the third lap; the Holden Colorado #554 needing the services of recovery. Patrick Philp, navigator in the #210 Lothringer, took ill during the first section and was unable to continue racing making way for young Matthew Nikiforoff, who was entered to navigate in the #141 Cripps machine tomorrow, to step into the seat and navigate for Declan Cummins; the effort going unrewarded with the team out of today’s racing with gearbox failure not long from the start line.

John Alfred and Brett Salau-Foster #819 clocked in five laps, falling one lap short of full race distance when the gearbox failed in the Nissan GQ Patrol.

Racing returns to Keera Station tomorrow at 8:15am when the higher horsepower classes of Unlimited, Class 1 and Class 4, take to the track for the final days racing at the Mildura Rural City Council ARB Sunraysia 400.

Results can be found here.

 

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